African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Nicole Burrowes

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., 2015, History, CUNY Graduate Center

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies
Nicole Burrowes



African Diaspora History, Latin American and Caribbean History, Ethnic and Racial Identity


Nicole A. Burrowes is an Assistant Professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department with an affiliation in the Department of History. Her book manuscript, Seeds of Solidarity: African-Indian Relations and the 1935 Labor Rebellions in British Guiana, explores the historical possibility of a movement forged by those at the edge of empire in the midst of economic and environmental crisis. This particular struggle points to questions about the practice of solidarity; the legacies of conquest, enslavement and indenture; the politics of diaspora; and how power, identity and material struggle are shaped over time.

Dr. Burrowes earned her Ph.D. in history from the CUNY Graduate Center in the fields of Latin American and Caribbean History and African Diaspora Studies in 2015. She was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at Brown University and was awarded pre-doctoral fellowships in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia and the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

For ten years, she supported underrepresented undergraduates to pursue graduate studies through the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, where she served as a mentor and subsequently as Assistant Director. She has taught courses at Brown University, City College, Queens College, Tougaloo College, and the University of Virginia. Beyond academia, she draws on an extensive portfolio of experience in community organizing and documentary film.

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